The goal of the tournament was to write an ebook in three days, market it and start getting sales within a week. Thirty-two (32) enrollees participated – and 9 of them finished their ebooks in this time period. A couple even finished writing two! Four got sales; three sold multiple copies (one sold 12 copies in 12 hours).
So as you can see, it was highly effective. I know it kicked my patootie into high gear.
Update: 11/2/2016. FYI, I blogged about the progress of the group in this writing tournament on my space over at SheWrites. Here are all the posts in the series. Day 1; Days 2, 3 & first weekend; Days 4, 5 & 6 progress; Days 7, 8 and second weekend progress; Days 9, 10 & 11 progress; and Days 12, 13, 14 & final weekend progress.
Why This Writing Tournament? Why Now?
Lately, I’ve been snowed under with projects. On top of that, I’ve had some personal setbacks, ie, three deaths of family/loved ones in two months. I’ve travelled back to the states from Jamaica (where I currently live for those who don’t know).
I’m currently in the process of renewing my Work Permit here in Jamaica, which requires a lot of back and forth between Kingston and Montego Bay over several weeks.
I’m also in the (months-long) process of trying to launch my internet marketing site, and getting this site redesigned. This is still while trying to keep up with a decent blogging schedule, update old books, write new ones, and handle all the back-end tasks of being a solo entrepreneur. Yeah, it’s exhausting!
And, when you pair all of this with a lack of motivation (lately I have just not been feeling “work”), my writing output has been shot to hell! Some days I literally sit in front of my computer kinda frozen – wondering which project to turn my attention to next.
I feel less like a hybrid freelancer these days, than a schizophrenic one.
Through the years, one of the best things I’ve done to pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on the productivity horse is to hold myself publicly accountable – whether it’s setting New Year’s resolutions or doing something like this.
One of my resolutions this year is to complete 12 romance novellas. So far, I’ve completed two. Needless to say, I have to crank the rest of the year to reach my goal. And that’s why I created this tournament.
Ready to Finish One Book?
If you want to finally get a book done, I’m inviting you to join me. In case you’re wondering, of course, it’s free. You should know that I will not be acting as full-fledged moderator and teacher like I did last time; I just don’t have that kind of time. The goal of this tournament is simply writing accountability.
Writing Tournament: Rules & Guidelines
Following are the rules/guidelines.
Tournament Run Dates: October 12th – October 31st; (M-F).
Limited Enrollment: Limited to 10 participants (the first 10 who email me).
To Join: Shoot me an email and put the following in the subject line, “Writing Tournament: Yes I’m In!”
All participants will be assigned a number — just like last time. You will remain anonymous. You can “out” yourself if you want, but to keep my sanity, I’m just going to refer to participants by numbers.
State Your Goal: In your email, state your daily word count goal. For the record, mine is 3,750 and I’m participant #1.
How/why did I arrive at that goal? Well, I have 10 more books to complete by year’s end. I write short fiction (romance novellas), in the 10,000 to 30,000-word range. Around 25,000 words is what I’m actively aiming for for each novellas these days, so if I write for 20 days per month (taking weekends off), that’s 75,000 words/month.
75,000 words divided by 20 writing days = 3,750 words/day.
I have 10 more books to finish this year. This will put me on schedule to do that (if I throw in one shorty (eg, 10,000 to 15,000 words).
State Type of Book You’ll Writing: Fiction or non-fiction, and the general topic you’ll be covering, eg, I’m writing romance novellas. Yours could be a non-fiction ebook on how to train for your first marathon.
Daily Report-In: As in, send me your daily word count. Even if you didn’t write anything, I want to know – and why, if you care to share.
Feel free to also send in your questions/concerns. You can email them to me directly, or post them in the comments (if you don’t mind “outing” yourself). I won’t promise to answer directly; again, the goal of the tournament is to adhere to a daily word count.
What I will do is post the questions/comments in my weekly summary. Last time, some participants answered questions from other participants. Of course, if that happens, I’ll post those responses.
I’ll do a weekly summary of all the responses I receive in a massive post. Last time, I did a daily summary, but that was a lot of work. Although I may do a post more than once a week, I will commit to at least one per week.
What You Stand to Gain by Participating in This Writing Tournament
Writing Roll: One of the things I’ve learned as a writer — and know to be true because other writers have stated it too – is that starting is the hard part. Once you get started, some days you may vastly exceed your word count.
On some of my better days, I can write 7,000, 8,000 or 9,000 words or more. There have been days when I’ve written 15,000 words. Those days are rare, but the point is, when you commit to a certain word count, you force yourself to at least write.
Prioritize: If you know you have a daily goal, you tend to prioritize it – and get it done.
Accountable: There’s nothing like knowing you’re going to have to “report in” to others what you’ve done. Ironically, the thing about having to do this is, it’s less about letting others down than about letting yourself down.
Possibilities: Once you get rolling on a book – and possibly complete it – you see what’s possible. As in, “Yes, I can do this!” if I prioritize.
Then if you actually finish it and get it up on Amazon and start to make sales – OMG, I can’t even begin to describe to you what that’s like.
I’m still selling books I wrote a decade ago or more ago. Nothing spurs you to produce more than seeing your efforts rewarded like this.
So come on – join. It’s free … and you just might surprise yourself.
You’ll learn how to:
–>Discern whether your ebook will be profitable;
–>Write an ebook — fast; and
–>Market your ebook to start getting sales quick!